Frank Pieke, University of Oxford
Abstract: I will first briefly describe the ways and means of Fujianese migration to Europe. I will then turn to the larger conceptual issue of how to account for the growing variety and scale of Chinese migration as part of fundamental changes in the world order, avoiding the dangers of feeding the fears of Chinese domination drummed up by politicians, journalists and certain scholars alike that Wang Gungwu so rightfully warned against. Concluding that it is neither possible nor desirable fully to stem the tide of the new Chinese migration, I then turn to the question of the principles that should guide policymaking. Against this background I will in the concluding part of this presentation evaluate some of the recent changes that have taken place in Britain’s immigration policies, and provide some pointers where I think we should go from here.